Volume 2, Number 3, September 2005


Minnesota Supercomputing Institute Users Bulletin

September 15, 2005

Vol. 2, No. 3


Published by the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute

Editor: Tracey A. Bartlett

The Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) Users Bulletin provides information about news, policies, procedures, and events of interest to users of MSI resources. It is sent quarterly to all users. To view this publication online, go to:


Be sure to submit your research reports for research that includes use of MSI resources (hardware, software, or user support) in the work reported. Please send your reports to msisubmissions@msi.umn.edu, or for more information, see:


Table of Contents for September 15, 2005 MSI Users Bulletin:

1. LLSDA to become a core MSI resource

2. New Windows application server to be installed in Scientific Development and Visualization Laboratory (SDVL)

3. Call for 2006 Undergraduate Internship Program projects

4. Purchase process for 2006-2007 MSI supercomputers has begun

5. VLab workshop, July 20-23, 2005

6. New MSI Associate Fellows appointed

7. Useful links

1. LLSDA to become a core MSI resource. On September 15, 2005, the Unisys ES7000 supercomputer will be converted to a core resource, and the Laboratory for Large-Scale Data Analysis will close. If you would like to continue utilizing this equipment, you will need a resource allocation for the core machines. If you do not already have an allocation on any of the core machines (such as Netfinity, SP, Regatta, or core Altix), you can request service units (SUs) by filling out sections A and B of the Account Renewal Form. If you currently have SUs on any core machine, you may simply fill out the Add Resource Form. You will find the forms at:


2. New Windows application server to be installed in Scientific Development and Visualization Laboratory (SDVL). A new server will allow for greater accessibility to windows applications by SDVL users. In addition, new Windows servers in the Basic Sciences Computing Laboratory, the Computational Genetics Laboratory, and the Medicinal Chemistry/Supercomputing Institute Visualization-Workstation Laboratory will facilitate efficient access to users' lab-specific files from local desktop Macs and Windows PCs. Please see:

www.msi.umn.edu/general/Programs/Descriptions/bscl.html (BSCL),


www.msi.umn.edu/general/Programs/Descriptions/cgl.html (CGL), and

www.msi.umn.edu/general/Programs/Descriptions/sdvl.html (SDVL)

for more information.

3. Call for 2006 Undergraduate Internship Program projects. We have begun planning for next summer's Undergraduate Internship Program, which will be held June 5 - August 11, 2006. MSI Principal Investigators are invited to submit projects for this program. The focus of the program is the application of computational approaches and visualization methods to supercomputing research. Interns work closely with PIs and members of their research groups during the 10-week, full-time program. PIs interested in submitting a project for next summer should contact the UIP Coordinator, Tracey Bartlett, bartlett@msi.umn.edu, for more information.

4. Purchase process for 2006-2007 MSI supercomputers has begun. The process for acquiring supercomputing resources requires vendors to run the MSI benchmark suite on equipment as similar as possible to the equipment to be proposed. MSI user support staff had dedicated interactive access time to benchmark systems provided by vendors participating in the procurement process for verification of benchmarks results and for running additional codes. This step ended September 8 and presentations to the MSI Planning Committee by vendors selected for participation will start soon. Decisions will be made the end of the calendar year and prepared for consideration by the Board of Regents.

5. VLab workshop, July 20-23, 2005. More than 60 people participated in the first workshop of the Virtual Laboratory for Earth and Planetary Materials (VLab), held on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus, July 20-23, 2005. The workshop featured talks by participants from five countries (including the U.S.) and 11 states (including Minnesota) plus the District of Columbia. There were also poster sessions. VLab is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and is an interdisciplinary consortium dedicated to the development and promotion of the theory of planetary materials. For more information, please seewww.vlab.msi.umn.edu.

6. New MSI Associate Fellows appointed. Effective September 1, 2005, MSI has 14 new Associate Fellows. One Fellow and five Associate Fellows were rotated off. For complete listings, please seewww.msi.umn.edu/general/people/fellows.html.

7. Useful links:

www.msi.umn.edu/general/coremachines.htm -- Core Computing Machines

www.msi.umn.edu/bscl -- Basic Sciences Computing Laboratory (BSCL)

www.msi.umn.edu/cgl -- Computational Genetics Laboratory (CGL)

www.msi.umn.edu/vwl -- Medicinal Chemistry/Supercomputing Institute Visualization-Workstation Laboratory (VWL)

www.msi.umn.edu/sdvl -- Scientific Development and Visualization Laboratory (SDVL)

www.msi.umn.edu/cbl -- Digital Technology Computational Biology Laboratory (DTCBL)

Useful email addresses:

help@msi.umn.edu -- for all requests for user assistance

zirbes@msi.umn.edu -- for all questions concerning account renewal, new principal investigators, and service units

accounts@msi.umn.edu -- for all questions concerning changes in users and accounts for existing users

msisubmissions@msi.umn.edu -- for submission of research reports for work done using MSI resources

alt-format@msi.umn.edu -- to request access to information in an alternative format for individuals with disabilities